Gathering provides tourism boost as visitors increase by 7.3pc
The Gathering got off to a good start as the number of overseas visitors increased by 7.3pc in the first three months of the year.
Some 1.2m people visited Ireland between January and March which was 85,000 more than the same time last year.
And spending by overseas visitors increased by over 10pc in that period rising from €621m to €688m, the latest Central Statistics Office figures show.
Though there was a slight dip in business travel in the period, the number of holidaymakers and people visiting friends and family both increased.
However CSO figures also reveal that Irish people took fewer home holidays last year, with 7.03m domestic breaks in 2012, 138,000 fewer than the previous year.
Possibly reflecting the terrible weather at home last year, there was an increase in trips abroad by Irish people last year, up to 6.6m.
We spent slightly less on these overseas jaunts however at €5.3bn.
This trend did not continue in the early part of 2013 however as we made2pc fewer journeys abroad than the same time in 2012.